Moreland Township, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania

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Coordinates: 40°03′47″N 74°59′42″W / 40.06306°N 74.99500°W / 40.06306; -74.99500
Moreland Township
Former Township
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Philadelphia
Coordinates 40°03′47″N 74°59′42″W / 40.06306°N 74.99500°W / 40.06306; -74.99500
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code 215
Map of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania highlighting Moreland Township prior to the Act of Consolidation, 1854
Location of Moreland Township in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States

Moreland Township, is a defunct township that was located in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. The borough ceased to exist and was incorporated into the City of Philadelphia following the passage of the Act of Consolidation, 1854.

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Moreland Township was established on 9,815 acres (40 km²) of land on the main branches of the Poquessing and Pennypack Creeks, in most northern portion of the county. The township was to the north of Dublin Township, and was west ward of Byberry Township. It extended over into what became Montgomery County in 1784, and was divided into two townships, one in each county and each called Moreland, the township in Montgomery County having since split into Upper Moreland Township and Lower Moreland Township in 1917. The rise of Moreland Township in Philadelphia County was 5 miles, its greatest length; 2 miles in width; area, 3,720 acres (15 km²). The principal village was Smithfield or Pleasantville, afterwards called Somerton, which was partly in Moreland and partly in Byberry.

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